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    06-17-2008, 11:09 PM
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Foal
I don't kow where to start!?!?!?!

Hi my name is Katelyn and I just got a 23months old filly her name is Juno. Her birthday is June 25 so she is so close to being two! well anyways I have never broke a filly before. One time I worked with a green broke horse and fully broke him. I'm not really sure where I should start with her. So far I can sit on her, put a saddle on her, I got her to lunge but kinda knows her word commands but not really and she's halter broke. The thing I really need help with is she will not let me pick up her back feet to clean them. So any tips on anything would be nice! Thanks to anyone willing to help!
     
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    06-17-2008, 11:16 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Re: I don't kow where to start!?!?!?!

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Originally Posted by Juno21
Hi my name is Katelyn and I just got a 23months old filly her name is Juno. Her birthday is June 25 so she is so close to being two! well anyways I have never broke a filly before. One time I worked with a green broke horse and fully broke him. I'm not really sure where I should start with her. So far I can sit on her, put a saddle on her, I got her to lunge but kinda knows her word commands but not really and she's halter broke. The thing I really need help with is she will not let me pick up her back feet to clean them. So any tips on anything would be nice! Thanks to anyone willing to help!
do a lot of ground work with her, and some lunging under saddle and maybe even some driving until she's a bit older
     
    06-17-2008, 11:47 PM
  #3
Foal
Re: I don't kow where to start!?!?!?!

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Originally Posted by Juno21
Hi my name is Katelyn and I just got a 23months old filly her name is Juno. Her birthday is June 25 so she is so close to being two! well anyways I have never broke a filly before. One time I worked with a green broke horse and fully broke him. I'm not really sure where I should start with her. So far I can sit on her, put a saddle on her, I got her to lunge but kinda knows her word commands but not really and she's halter broke. The thing I really need help with is she will not let me pick up her back feet to clean them. So any tips on anything would be nice! Thanks to anyone willing to help!
What breed is she?

You shouldnt be in a rush to start her so soon. Depending on her breed, some mature slower then others.

At the earliest I start a horse at 3, and then usually put them up for winter, and start them again in the spring. Even then, its consistant, its not heavy work.
     
    06-18-2008, 01:08 AM
  #4
Weanling
Yes I agree with waitin abit before you plan on doin any ridin or anythin. I would start out by goin over the basics of sackin out, lots of groundwork, lungin, work on manners, feet, all that good stuff.

Be patiente and just try to work your way slowly
     
    06-18-2008, 01:16 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Another comment, the slower and more gradual you go the faster he learns (even though it might not seem like it) and the more gradual you do it now the more pleased you will be w/ your horse later
     
    06-18-2008, 07:58 AM
  #6
Showing
Juno, welcome to the forum. I agree with all the advise you've been given. You are moving too fast. I can understand your excitement but you are not giving your horse a chance to grow up mentally as well as physically.

Working from the ground is the way to go for the next 6 to 9 months or so. By going too quickly you can do damage to your horse that you may not see for years but will certainly be there.

This is a good age to start ground driving. Use a pair of lunge lines as long reins and let your horse become used to moving at different speeds with you behind him. By the time he is old enough to actually be ridden, he will have a great start in the basics and then training under saddle will be a lot easier.

If you can get a harness and start to teach him to drive, that can turn into an added bonus. Most ponies are taught that way since they are usually too small for the trainer to ride them.
     
    06-18-2008, 12:13 PM
  #7
Trained
Hello Juno! Welcome to the HorseForum! Don't think I've chatted with you yet!

Congrats on your new filly! Exciting stuff!

First thing I would suggest doing is working with those feet. Good feet are very important!

When we get a horse, younger or older, that won't let us handle their feet we always do the same thing, unless of course it's desperate that they need their feet done right now. First of all groom, groom, groom and make sure you work your way down her legs as far as you can until she starts to panic. Do this until you can brush her legs down all the way. Be sure to use a soft bistle brush as they have very sensitive legs. Once you can brush her legs right down to the hoofs then we start picking them up. We always use a soft cotton rope so that when they fight they don't win. Just loop it around their leg, make sure there is no clips, snaps, or knots that can injury the leg. Do this for a couple of days, on both back and front legs and in no time at all she will let you pick up all feet willing!

As for training here is my advice.
Lots of lunging, make sure she knows all the voice commands, walk, trot, whoa, easy. This makes your job soooo much easier. Trust me, I've started horses that don't know and horse that do know. The horses that already know are so much easier and more enjoyable to ride. I would not to any hard riding until she is three. I would say that it's okay to sit on her back and take a couple of steps but not any hard riding. Aside from lunging, do tons of sacking out and side rein work. Be sure that your hosre knows what you want when you pull back, or ask her to turn BEFORE you get on her back.

And most importantly, spend tons of time bonding. Groom her, hug her, love her. Just be with her. Let that little mare learn to trust you and then it'll be much easier to find trust in her as well. She won't give you her trust until she has yours.

Sorry about the novel..lol!

Would love to see some pictures of her!
     
    06-18-2008, 12:23 PM
  #8
Foal
I didn't mean like start riding her! I know I have to wait to ride her. She is a Quarter horse paint. I just want help on her ground manners and how can I safely pick up her back feet without her pulling them away from me. She will let me touch her but not pick them up.
     
    06-18-2008, 12:28 PM
  #9
Trained
Did you read my above post? Would you be albe to try that with your girl?
     
    06-18-2008, 12:37 PM
  #10
Foal
I'll post some pics up it will be under Welcome Juno! In horse pictures
     

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